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GPOAC endorses the March For Peace on August 25th

posted Aug 17, 2018, 11:04 PM by Green Party of Allegheny County
The Green Party of Allegheny County joins other organizations in co-sponsoring the March for Peace on August 25th at 10:30am in Pittsburgh. Greens will join the march from Cathedral of Learning up to the Carnegie Mellon campus to speak out against ever increasing war spending by the US. Please join us!

From the press release:

"Although we understand the U.S. is not “officially” at war with another country right now, a
march such as ours is more necessary than ever. The US military budget now stands at $700
billion, which amounts to 54% of all discretionary spending. It is at its highest since 1945 in
constant dollars, exceeding military spending during the Cold War and the Korean and Vietnam
wars.
The US spends more money on its military than the combined total of the next 10 biggest
spending nations, including China, Russia, India, Saudi Arabia, Britain and France, according to
the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Russia's military budget is about a tenth
of America's, yet Russia is supposed to represent a top national security threat to the US.
Cutbacks in healthcare, housing, education, roads, and bridges are necessary to feed the
military machine. Other consequences are wage reduction and increasing poverty and
inequality.
The US is involved in wars and violent conflicts in the Koreas, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq,
Libya, Syria, Yeman, Somalia, Mali, and more. Increased money is being allocated for the
modernization of nuclear weapons. The US is also violating international law on its border with
Mexico in its inhumane treatment of refugees and has has militarized law enforcement
domestically. Our cities and schools have experienced record killings from gun violence. We
believe that these causes, and the fight for a world beyond war, are NOT separate issues."


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